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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Nikoxenos Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
18 1/16 × 11 3/4 in. (45.9 × 29.8 cm) Diam. of rim: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) Diam. of foot: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.99
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse and reverse, the death of Priam

Priam, king of Troy, has taken refuge at the altar of Zeus Herkeios. The Greek warrior Neoptolemos attacks with a spear from the left as Hecuba, Priam's wife, gesticulates in despair. The Nikoxenos Painter worked in both black-figure and red-figure. It is interesting that while he employed red-figure for the decoration, the type of amphora is that preferred by black-figure artists.
[Until 1906, collection of Cesare and Ercole Canessa, Paris and Naples]; acquired in 1906 as part of the Canessa Collection.
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 227, p. 62, pl. 16, Paris.

Beazley, J. D. 1911/1912. "The Master of the Eucharides-Stamnos in Copenhagen." The Annual of the British School at Athens, 18: p. 233 n. 8.

Beazley, J. D. 1912/1913. "The Master of the Stroganoff Nikoxenos Vase." The Annual of the British School at Athens, 19: p. 235–36 n. 8.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1918. Attic Red-Figured Vases in American Museums. p. 25, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Hoppin, James C. 1919. A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases, Vol. 2. no. 7, p. 233, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1925. Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils. no. 3, p. 91, Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 114–15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richardson, Bessie Ellen. 1933. Old Age Among the Ancient Greeks: The Greeks Portrayal of Old Age in Literature, Art, and Inscriptions, with a Study of the Duration of Life among the Ancient Greeks on the Basis of Inscriptional Evidence. p. 91 n. 41, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1936. Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 17, pp. 41–42, pls. 19, 169, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1942. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. pp. 147, no. 3, 952, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 72, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Wiencke, Matthew I. 1954. "An Epic Theme in Greek Art." American Journal of Archaeology, 58(4): p. 300 n. 59, fig. 21a, b, pl. 60.

Arias, Paolo Enrico. 1955. "Dalle necropoli di Spina la tomba 136 di valle Pega." Revista dell' Istituto Nazionale d'archeologia e storia dell'arte, 4: no. 11, pp. 107, 165 n. 35.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 220, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hekabe, no. 42, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Priamos, no. 94, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Neils, Jenifer, Ralf von den Hoff, and Guy Michael Hedreen. 2009. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Sabine Albersmeier, ed. no. 61, pp. 242–43, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.

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